In One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer, Nathaniel Fick looks candidly at his own experience as a leader of a Marine Recon platoon. Fick, a classics major at Dartmouth, joined the Corps because he wanted to be a warrior. And his officer's training, which he describes in detail, made him one, instilling competence, bravery and intense loyalty to his men and his mission. Fick took pride in the things they did right, but when he realized that the good didn't feel as good as the bad felt bad and that his sense of purpose could be undermined by poor command decisions, he left, and now he's left us with a fast-paced, honest, up-to-the-minute war memoir.

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